Stephen P. Vives
 Department of Biology
P.O. Box 8042
 Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8042
(912) 681-5487, FAX (912) 681-0845

Postdoc: Arizona State University (1988-1990); mentor W. L. Minckley
Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin-Madison (1988); Ph.D advisor Jeffrey R. Baylis 
M.S.: University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986), Oklahoma State University (1982)
B.S.: Oklahoma State University (1980)

Administrative Experience Graduate Students  Teaching Research Interests

I always enjoy hearing from former students:   email me  and let me know how you are doing.


...Favorite Links...
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists   Yahoo- Top Stories
College and University Home Pages The American Midland Naturalist Galileo (Georgia's Electronic Library)
Animal Behavior Society The Southeastern Fishes Council Field Guide to Invertebrates at Gray's Reef Catalog of Fishes
Tall Grass Prairie Info. Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology The Desert Fishes Council  


       July 2002 to present   Department Chair

         2000-2001                   Assistant to the Dean

         1996 to 2002               Assistant Department Chair of Biology

         1994 to 2002               Graduate Program Director, Biology

         1992 to 1994               General Biology Coordinator

You know you are different, that is why you are looking for an exciting and challenging graduate program.  Consider the M.S. Biology Program at Georgia Southern University.  

Associate Editor of Ichthyology, The American Midland Naturalist

Advisory Council for McNair Scholars Program

Coastal Advisory Council

Ogeechee Canoochee Riverkeeper Board Member


Animal Behavior
Conservation Biology
Ecology of Fishes
Go to Research Page


        ANDERSON, GARRETT. in progress.  Remediation of Wire Grass Habitat.

        VAN ZWOLL, CAROLYN. in progress.  Life-History Plasticity in Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) in Response to Predatory Cues.

        BRAZELL, CASEY. 2009.  Tidal Influences on Bacterial and Phytoplankton Abundance and the Resulting Affects on Patterns of Dissolved Oxygen in the Skidaway River Estuary  (in   conjunction with Skidaway Oceanographic Institute)     

MACKICHAN, CARRIE. 2003, co-major professor with Danny Gleason.  Effects of ultraviolet radiation on newly settled recruits of the reef-building coral Porites astreoides, 58 p.

FLEMING, JOEL. 2002.  Population characteristics and seasonal movements of shortnose sturgeon in the lower Ogeechee River, Georgia, with notes on Atlantic Sturgeon, 40 p.

TATE, WILLIAM B.  2000. The effects of low pH on sunfish assemblages in southeast Georgia.  M.S. Thesis, Georgia Southern University, 65 p.

SOULEN, HEATHER. 1998. The effects of habitat complexity and predation on the distribution of grass shrimp (Decapoda:Palaemonetes) in the lower St. Johns River Basin, Florida.  M.S. Thesis, Georgia Southern University, 53 p.

KOHNKE,LAURA. 1998. The effect of fish chemical and visual cues on development of mole salamanders. M.S. Thesis, Georgia Southern University, 42 p.

FIORAVANTI-SCORE, ALESSANDRA. 1996. Sessile invertebrate colonization and community
development in the South Atlantic Bight. M.S.Thesis, Georgia Southern University, xx p.

TURFLER, STACY. 1996. Species composition and habitat use of neotropical migrants at
Fort Stewart, Georgia, M.S. Thesis, Georgia Southern University, 50 p.

HURLEY, DORSET .1996.  Factors associated with the larviculture of the southern Atlantic Surfclam, Spisula solidissima similis (Say, 1822). M.S. Thesis, Georgia Southern University in association with Randy Walker, Universityof Georgia Marine Extension Service Shellfish Aquacultural Facility , 55 p.

GOSS, JANA.  1996.  The effect of controlled burning on neotropical migrant bird species at Fort Stewart, Georgia.M.S. Thesis,Georgia Southern University, 32 p.

CANNON, STEPHANIE.  1995. Laboratory Spawning and Territorial Behavior in Two Threatened Fishes of the American Southwest.  M.S. Thesis, Georgia Southern University, 42 p.

CASH, W. BEN.1994.  Herpetofaunal Diversity of a Temporary Wetland in the Southeast Atlantic CoastalPlain.  M.S. Thesis, Georgia Southern University, 48 p.

FORDHAM (CHESTER), KARYN.  1992. The Effects of Alarmed Prey on the Behavior of a Predator.  M.S. Thesis, Georgia Southern University, 34 p.


 Vertebrate Zoology (BIOL 3545)

This is a lower level course that I team teach with Dr. Ann Pratt.  The lecture portion of the course emphasizes the form, function, and evolution of vertebrates.  The laboratory portion of the course emphasizes the identification, distribution, and life histories of local vertebrate fauna.  Field trips are required.



Aquatic Ecology (BIOL 5542)

This is an upper division course offered to juniors, seniors and graduate students.  The course covers the biological and physiochemical factors that affect common organisms found in local aquatic ecosystems, including streams and rivers, wetlands, estuaries, and lakes.


Tropical Marine Biology (BIOL 5541)

This is an upper division course offered to juniors, seniors and graduate students.  This is an intensive 2-week field course conducted at the Caribbean Marine Research Center's facility on Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas.  The course will consist of morning lecture periods, afternoon field excursions, and evening discussion and laboratory work.  Students will be exposed to the natural history and ecology of a wide variety of tropical marine organisms and ecosystems including: mangroves, seagrasses, rocky shores and coral reefs.  (The CMRC is currently shut down and we are not able to offer this class at the present time.)
Ichthyology (BIOL 5444)
This is an upper division course offered to juniors, seniors and graduate students. The lecture emphasizes the systematics, evolution, biology, ecology and behavior of recent and extinct fishes.  The Laboratory emphasizes the identification, morphology, and natural history of fishes.  Fieldtrips are required.



Marine Ecology (BIOL 4441)

This is an undergraduate course that stresses ecological processes and adaptations that act to structure coastal associations and permit their persistence through time.  Field trips are required.  This course is team taught with Drs. Sophie George and Danny Gleason. 

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